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The Story of Christmas (1994)

L'histoire de Noël (original title)
One starry night, the baby Jesus is brought into the world and a bright, light signals that the new savior is born. As everyone rejoices, King Herod becomes jealous and threatens the Christ... See full summary »

Director:

Henri Heidsieck

Writers:

Michael Adams (screenplay revision), Jean-François Laguionie (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Paul Dobson ... (voice)
David Kaye ... (voice)
Terry Klassen ... (voice)
Richard Newman ... (voice)
Gerard Plunkett ... (voice)
Teryl Rothery ... (voice)
Robert O. Smith ... (voice)
Chris Turner Chris Turner ... (voice)
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One starry night, the baby Jesus is brought into the world and a bright, light signals that the new savior is born. As everyone rejoices, King Herod becomes jealous and threatens the Christ child. But a courageous and unlikely pair - an ox and donkey living in the stable where Jesus is born - spring into action to foil his evil plan. As the ox recruits other barnyard animals to help slow down the king's soldiers, the donkey guides the baby Jesus, Joseph and Mary to safety. This delightful animated tale is the perfect Christmas gift for the whole family. Written by Anonymous

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An animated retelling of the story of Christ's birth See more »

Genres:

Animation

Certificate:

G
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Country:

France

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 October 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Story of Christmas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Deserves to come out of obscurity
19 January 2014 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

The Story of Christmas was a childhood favourite that was seen without fail by all us five children every Christmas. Finding the video up in the attic after not being able to find it for a few years, it was just as good as remembered. Not perfect perhaps, it does drag at times and not all the voice acting is quite there, the little donkey is a little too over-eager, the Roman over-the-top and while menacing and regal King Herod at times one-note. Mary and Joseph are well voiced and compassionate and the innkeeper appropriately stern but accommodating but the best voice acting comes from the grey donkey(from whose perspective the story is told in) and the ox, the former superb and the chemistry between the two characters one of The Story of Christmas' highlights. The story has changes to what we are familiar with, like being told through the eyes of the donkey and a few additional characters(the roman character not really adding much though), but the spirit and the crucial parts are all there. And it is told with emotion like at the end and a degree of uncertainty like the journey from Bethlehem to Egypt. The writing manages successfully to not be too complicated or dumbed-down, it's simply and thoughtfully done and most of the characters are well-thought out, particularly the donkey and the ox. Jesus is a very cute baby too. The animation is also quite simple but not simplistic, it doesn't look too flat either and the pastel colours are really quite lovely. Another great asset, and the one that I always did remember at the times that I didn't see it, was the music, hauntingly beautiful stuff while giving off a Middle Eastern/Egyptian vibe. To conclude, a childhood favourite that still holds up, really does deserve to not be as obscure as it has become. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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